As I was scanning the science news sites, a question caught my eye that I just had to share with you. The question was, ‘Why Haven’t Animals Evolved Defenses Against Us?’
Professor Geerat Vermeij of the University of California at Davies asked this question based upon his studies on evolution and predator – prey relationships.
He believes that predators have been evolving attack strategies and prey species have been evolving defense strategies in response and then the cycle repeats and repeats.
One example he uses has to do with the size of the prey species. Vermeij believes that animals such as elephants evolved their large size so that predators like lions will not prey upon them.
Another example he uses is animals that could not grow big enough evolve different defense mechanisms such as marine organisms with a shell. They evolve a thicker shell for safety. Then predators evolve a way to drill through the shell, so the prey evolves a toxin to kill the predator.
I recall watching a program a few years ago that said that a certain species of tree in Africa was heavily foraged by local wildlife. Over millions of years, the trees and animals that fed on them have been in an evolutionary war that is still going on today. The tree then evolved thorns to protect itself and in response, the animals evolved thicker tongues to cope with the thorns. Next the trees evolved longer and thicker thorns up to 3-4 inches long. The animals tongues evolved even thicker and they learned to chew off the thorns to clear the way to reach the foliage and bark. In defense, the trees evolved a toxin in the foliage but the animals evolved a way of eating the newest foliage that contained lesser amounts of toxin so as to allow the animals the chance to build up an immunity to it which takes us to the present day stage of this evolutionary war.
Vermiej then wonders why the plants and animals that man preys upon have not evolved any defenses in the supposedly several hundred thousand years of human evolution. He refers to man as the super-predator and believes that at least some of the plants and animals affected by us should have started to evolve some kind of defenses against us, but he can find no real evidence of it happening.
He concludes by saying:
Our arrival and technological history has engendered an enormous change in the evolution of most species on Earth.
Vermeij believes that we super-predators have caused a cataclysmic shift to evolution and have left prey species no way to defend themselves nor do they have any way of evolving a new defense against us.
First of all, I have asked evolutionists in the past to explain to me how a plant or animal can suddenly evolve a totally new characteristic such as thorns, toxins, or large size?
Secondly, how do they know what defense to evolve and from where do they obtain the genetic information necessary to produce such changes?
This is one of the major problems with the theory of evolution is that there is no real explanation for controlled or directed evolutionary processes described by Vermeij and others.
The only viable explanation is the one we get from reading the text of the One who created everything in the beginning. He programmed all of the information necessary in plants and animals and many of those traits have been expressed through various circumstances over the last 6,000 years. If expected traits are not found, such as defense mechanisms against humans, then most likely they weren’t there from the beginning.
This would also make sense since God gave man dominion over all of creation and told him to use the plants and animals, but in a wise way so as not to abuse them. Therefore, there would be no need for them to have the defense mechanisms that evolutionists expect them to have.
Walker, Matt. Super-Predatory Humans, BBC Nature, Feb 16, 2010.
At last, a definitive work on design by a leading biblical creationist…
Today, the ID (intelligent design) movement is capturing headlines (and igniting controversy) around the world. But in the process, many are coming to think that a credible challenge to the dominant Darwinian naturalism of our time means backing away from a clear stand for the truth of the Bible.
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